The Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic matched familiar foes and created a New Orleans Advocate Super 10 top-5 matchup for the second time this season.
No. 4 Destrehan (12-1) extracted revenge on No. 3 Cabrini 54-33, to even the season series 1-1 and advance to the third round of the tournament.
After having some choice words about the officiating during their first meeting, Destrehan coach Angi Butler was pleased with her team’s effort.
“We knew how it felt to lose to this team earlier in the year, and we didn’t like that feeling,” said Butler, whose team improved to 12-1. “We didn’t get a lot of calls the first time around, so I think it made a difference this time in our girls’ play and confidence. You could just tell there was a difference in their play and the scoreboard showed it.”
Cara Ursin was everything for the Wildcats and their offensive execution. Ursin led all scorers with 28 points. Her efforts were felt on the defensive end as well where she drew the challenge of containing the Crescents best player, Rakell Spencer.
Ursin recorded six steals and pulled down14 rebounds on the way to a double-double.
Cabrini (15-3) had no answer for Destrehan’s ability to score in transition. Coach Nancy Walsh watched an 11-point deficit balloon to 18 by the start of the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t play like we wanted to win out there and the other team did,” Walsh said. “I thought that after halftime we could make adjustments, but the girls didn’t respond well to the fast pace.
“We played soft out there and all the credit goes to Destrehan and their coaches. They wanted to win and get revenge. That’s exactly what they got.”
The Crescents didn’t get the usual contribution from Kyla Williams.
Williams was not as big a factor this time around after dominating in their meeting back in November. She went 3 for 4 from the free-throw line for her only points and recorded four rebounds. Spencer scored 18 points to lead her team in scoring.
Destrehan took an 11-point lead at halftime thanks to a 12-point first half by Ursin. The sophomore showed no signs of backing down on the big stage and took every shot available. She and fellow sophomore Jerlicia Davis helped spark an 18-point swing for the Wildcats.
Davis finished with six points. Brandi Mason pulled down 10 rebounds and added three blocks.
Cabrini was never able to establish any halfcourt offense during the first 16 minutes and as a result fell behind early.
Spencer led her team early on with six points, but was not able to get into the rhythm she was accustomed too.
Kelsey Pinera added five points and three rebounds.
The first quarter saw domination by Destrehan’s backcourt.
The Wildcats led 12-7 after the first eight minutes.
The Wildcats will face Salmen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.